I have seen a few suggestions about ‘weatherizing’ current open/close door sensors to use on external gates, but I am wondering if anyone has actually done this in a climate as extreme as Montana. While it sounds like some people are even willing to sacrifice a camera to the elements, I’d rather do this in a more tested way, even for a simple open/close sensor.
The suggestion has been made to enclose the sensor parts in plastic bags, and that’s certainly doable - if it really keeps out the elements (even where the housing screw penetrates the plastic bag?) - and doesn’t confine the odd drop of water inside the bag? Anyone tried a plastic project box (Radio Shack) and have it work for years without moisture/corrosion/short issues?
Certainly use a lithium battery for cold temps, they work great for remote thermometers, but what does that do for z-wave range/battery life in very cold temps?
If this is really this simple, why hasn’t some manufacturer MADE an outdoor-worthy gate sensor when so many of us would use them? There seems to be plenty of tolerance for the magnet-based sensors (over 1/2") to allow for a weatherized housing.
Thanks for your experience!